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Article from BTNews 20 SEPTEMBER 2021

Lumo – New British train operator

Edinburgh Waverly to London Kings Cross.

A brand new train operator is to be launched on 25 October called Lumo, owned by First Group, operators of Great Western Railway (GWR) and Hull Trains.

Single fares as low as £14.90 will be available on all services. 60% of all single fares will be available at a cost of £30 or less.

Lumo says that the new operation will add annually over one million additional passenger journeys to the East Coast Main Line per year.  Its target is the airlines claiming rail travel generates six times fewer carbon emissions than travelling by plane.  

Helen Wylde, Managing Director for Lumo, said: “Travelling in the UK should not cost a fortune and it certainly shouldn’t be the planet that pays. Whatever your preferred mode of transport, we are likely to be more affordable and kinder to the planet.

“We believe everyone has the right to travel in style. We are empowering people to make green travel choices that are genuinely affordable without compromising on comfort.”

The trains will call at Morpeth (Northumberland), Newcastle and Stevenage, targeting Newcastle and Luton airports.

Lumo has invested £15m on digital and IT infrastructure and £100m on the manufacture and maintenance of five brand new single class, state-of-the-art Hitachi AT300 intercity electric trains.  There will be an at-seat catering service from LumoEats, simplified fares, free wi-fi, paperless ticketing, and a new entertainment system.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) also operates on the route, from Inverness to London.


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